Flying fish are known for their ability to glide through air, which is useful for escaping water-bound predators. To launch itself out of the water, the fish flicks its powerful tail up to 70 times per second. It then spreads its pectoral fins and tilts them upwards, providing lift. They can glide at least 400 m (1,300 ft) and at speeds of more than 70 km/h (43 mph).
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Houston Audubon Beak of the Week:Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)
Family: (Troglodytidae) Wrens
Carolina Wrens are common in woodlands and wooded urban areas throughout the Upper TX Coast. Their ringing teakettle-teakettle song is easy to identify even when the bird is not seen. They prefer foraging in the lower understory of woodlands. Males and females look alike.
Males build nests in various locations to attract a mate. Once he has attracted a female, she usually proceeds to build her own nest, ignoring all his attempts. Sometimes Carolina Wrens use nest boxes, but they often prefer eave overhangs and more unusual spots, particularly hanging baskets.
Photograph by Ben Hulsey(via: Houston Audubon)